අළුත් සහල් මංගල්ලය
The Aluth Sahal Mangalle or new rice festival is an important event of the harvest festival of the Maha kannaya in Sri Lanka. The first batch of new rice after being plucked, threshed and winnowed is offered to the Lord Buddha and deities.
Every January Poya Day, new rice festival commences. Rice and paddy donated to Sri Dalada Maligawa are stored at Kundasale Pallekele in a separate location allocation and distribution of Rice and paddy to Devales relevant, is done. A traditional procession takes place from the Palace to Kundasale headed by Diyawadana Nilame and Basnayakes together with other representatives. This is an annual sacred event, 80 measure of rice will be prepared as a traditional rite and offered to the sacred tooth relic.
Only after the new rice festival at the Sri Dalada Maligawa and offering rice to the sacred tooth relic, can the farmers around the country collect their harvest and commence their own new rice festivals in the respective villages.